Barrington 300

About the Barrington 300 Celebration

logoThe town of Barrington was founded in 1717 rather than 1770 as shown on the signs at the entrances to town. 1770 was the date of Barrington's refounding after 23 years as part of Warren, Rhode Island. The Town Calendar for 2017 displays the portrait of Viscount John Shute Barrington, for whom our town was named. Lord Barrington was a powerful English politician and theologian, and the brother of Samuel Shute, Governor of Massachusetts. The Calendar cover also includes a transcript of the November 18th, 1717, creation of "Barrington" by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

In November of 2015, a group of citizens urged the Town Council to form Barrington 300 to celebrate 300 YEARS OF PROGRESS IN BARRINGTON. In August of 2016, Barrington 300 was made a Town Administrative Committee and charged with creating a Calendar of Events. Barrington 300 is comprised of 50 volunteers with a Board and Advisory Committee, who will execute the year-long program.

This represents a unique opportunity to unite our community through the Celebration of its 300-year history with many town-wide activities. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Barrington. It offers a great opportunity for the community to learn about Barrington's heritage and participate in this Tricentennial Celebration!


June Heritage Weekend Tours

Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, 2017


1. Bus Tours of Neighborhoods, Homes, and Churches

Discover the Alfred Drown, Maple Avenue, Mathewson Road/Jenny’s Lane, Nayatt Road, Old Barrington Village, and West Barrington neighborhoods.

Saturday   10:00-12:00 pm (Northern loop)      
                    12:15-2:15 pm (Southern loop)                        
                    2:30-4:30 pm (Visit inside two 18th-c. homes and the White Church)
Sunday      12:00-2:00 pm (focus on Churches)
                    2:15-4:30 pm (Jenny’s Lane, Tyler Point and Hampden Meadows)

Space is limited. Please reserve a place on one of the 5 Historic Bus Tours by e-mail to There will be a charge for the bus tour. $10 will buy a button ($5.00 for under 16 and over 60), which is good for every bus tour.



2. Historic Prince’s Hill Cemetery Tours

Learn about part of Barrington’s heritage, made possible by the contributions of some of the people buried in Prince’s Hill Cemetery.
There are 5 different presentations, so join us for 1 or all 5 presentations and hear about:

  • Stories Beneath the Stones (Section A)

  • Founding Families & Preachers (Section B)

  • Home Sweet Final Home (Section C)

  • The PECK-ing Order (Section D)

  • Barrington’s Civil War legacy (Section E)

Program Hours:

Saturday, June 17th, 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday, June 18th, 12 pm to 4 pm.

This program is free and open to everyone!

Images of America Book

We would be grateful for your support of the Barrington 300 Celebration.

The Barrington Preservation Society (BPS) has produced the book Barrington to salute our town on its Tricentennial. A pictorial history, Barrington is part of the "Images of America" series published by Arcadia Press. This major historical publishing house has produced town histories for nearby East Providence, Warren, and Bristol. Now it is time for Barrington, as part of the Barrington 300 Tricentennial Year.

Barrington includes a historical introduction by historian Van Edwards and eight chapters on Barrington's neighborhoods: Old Barrington Village and Hampden Meadows; Osamequin Farm and the Peck Estate; Nayatt, Rumstick, and Adams Points; Maple Avenue Neighborhood; Drownville and West Barrington; Bay Spring; Barrington Center; and Barrington Harbor. Authors Jean Doublas, Van Edwards, and Bonnie Warren have used their extensive knowledge to identify neighborhood buildings, landscapes, people, and events. Richard and Jane Donnelly edited the book. (coffee) will be available.

Copies of Barrington purchased at the BPS Museum, Barrington Public Library, or Barrington Town Hall, most directly benefit the Barrington Preservation Society. Copies will also be on sale at retail outlets in town.

Where to Buy

Barrington (Arcadia Press, 2017) contains 128 pages (softcover) and 207 photographs. Cost, including Rhode Island Sales Tax, is $23.53. Starting on Wednesday, May 24, the book can be purchased by check (no credit cards or cash) at the following three locations:

  • Barrington Preservation Museum. Wednesday and Saturdays, 1-4 pm. (Also available for purchase via mail order from Barrington Preservation Society, P.O. Box 178, Barrington RI 02806)

$27.81 - Mail order within RI (includes $4 shipping and handling and RI sales tax).

$25.99 - Mail order outside RI: shipping and handling ($4), no sales tax

  • Barrington Town Hall (Town Clerk's Office). Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

  • Barrington Public Library (Circulation Desk). Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Fri-Sat 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Sun 1-5 pm.

  • Purchase online


Event Sponsorship

Barrington 300 invites Sponsors for the Celebration of Barrington's 300th Birthday.This represents a unique opportunity to unite our community, and your sponsorship will help carry out the many town-wide activities. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Barrington. It offers a great opportunity to learn about Barrington's heritage. Please join us in this Tri-Centennial Celebration.


General Sponsorship - Click to download donation form
Level and benefits

Corporate Sponsorship - Click to download donation form
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Navigant Credit Union


Elfriede Collis

Pamela and Robert Faulkner



Kimberly and Bradford Dimeo

Barbara and David Stonestreet


Judy and Frederick Blount

Mindy and Todd Blount

Eloise and Henry Collins

Stephanie and Van Edwards

Mary Alyce and Pat Gasbarro

Gloria Hall

Cecil Daunis Sartor and Didier Sartor

Debra Page-Trim and Lawrence Trim, Jr.

Bonnie Warren


Barrington Senior Center

Brickyard Wine & Spirits

Daisy Dig’ins Flowers & Gifts

East Bay Printing & Copying

Leon’s Cafe & Catering

PrintCraft, Inc.

Shaw’s Supermarket

St. Andrew’s School

Taylor Rental

Contact Us

Barrington 300 1717-2017

P.O. Box 262

Barrington, RI 02806


Calendar of Events

  • Timeline Exhibit, Barrington Library, 1st Floor

Monday, May 1 - Friday, September 1, 2017

  • Town Arts Festival, Town Hall Lawn

Sunday, June 11, 2017

  • Heritage Weekend #1 - Townwide

Saturday, June 17 - Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hertage Weekend flyer - Please view attachment

Discover Beautiful Barrington - Please view attachment

Historic Prince's Hill Cemetery Tour - Please view attachment

  • Door and Window Box Contest - Townwide

Saturday, July 1 - Sunday, July 8, 2017

Sponsored by Barrington 300 and the Barrington Garden Club

  • Bicycle Tour - Townwide

Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • Beach Concerts - Barrington Town Beach

July 2017

  • Townwide 24-hour Photo Contest

Saturday, August 5, 2017

  • Picnic, Pow Wow & Plummage in the Park:  Norman Bird Sanctuary & Eastern Medicine Singers

Haines Park, Barrington

Saturday, August 12, 2017 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Sponsored by Barrington 300 and the Bay Spring Community Center

  • Beach Concerts - Barrington Town Beach

August 2017

  • Sidewalk Sale - Townwide

Saturday, September 16, 2017

  • Heritage Weekend #2 - Townwide

Saturday, September 16 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

  • Moonlight Tour - Sowams Woods

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 8:00 pm

  • Barrington 300 Gala

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Rhode Island Country Club

  • “Future of Barrington” Forum - Town Hall

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

  • 300th Birthday Party - Town Hall

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm